Rape rap vs. DOJ marshal dropped-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
THE Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor has junked the criminal complaint against a marshal of the Department of Justice’s Witness Protection Program (WPP), who was accused of sexually assaulting a rape victim 36 times inside the safe house this year.
Acting City Prosecutor Felixberto Geromo dismissed for lack of evidence the rape charge against Romelo Pabroa.
Geromo pointed out that 21-year-old Claire (real name withheld) was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which would explain why her claims were inconsistent.
Claire initially said he raped her three times inside the WPP safe house in Sitio Lomboy, Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City. However, she changed her mind and said he raped her 36 times between January and July this year.
“Figment of her delusions”
In her sworn statement, she said Pabroa raped her first on Jan. 19. He again raped her the next day, she said.
However, the logbook at the safe house showed that Pabroa was off duty on both dates.
Claire said she forgot the other dates when Pabroa allegedly assaulted her.
In his counter-affidavit, Pabroa described Claire’s allegation as a “figment of her delusions.”
Claire also accused him of raping her last July 5, but he said he was in Carcar City since his live-in partner gave birth that day.
In the resolution, Geromo cited the psychiatric evaluation report that Dr. Rene Obra conducted on Claire.
Aside from post-traumatic disorder, Obra, a psychiatrist and head of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center for Behavioral Sciences, said Claire also suffered from hyper-sexuality and malingering, or voluntary production of physical or psychological symptoms.
Lack of symptoms
“Just imagine it (rape) happening 36 times, at the same venue, without a shout or a cry for help from the victim,” Geromo said.
The prosecutor pointed out the victim did not manifest symptoms of a woman raped three or 36 times.
Geromo also said Claire also complained of sexual advances by a policeman from Lapu-Lapu City.
And like Pabroa, the police officer is also good-looking, the prosecutor pointed out.
“Something, somewhere must be wrong (with Claire) in imagining that something happened to her, even it did not,” the prosecutor said.
While he sympathizes with Claire and her cry for justice, Geromo said the remedy is not with the prosecutor’s office.
He said Claire should undergo another psychiatric evaluation test. “It should be done without delay otherwise (Claire) will become a waste forever.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.